University of Porto business schools among the best in the world

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Andreia Merca

Porto Business School (PBS) and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (FEP) are once again among the 50 best executive training schools in the world, according to the Executive Education 2024 ranking, published by the Financial Times, which evaluates 90 institutions.

This year, the two institutions, which are once again jointly named 'University of Porto | FEP-PBS', came 44th in the Open category and 47th in the Custom category. In the first category, it was recognised as the best Portuguese business school in the ranking in several key indicators, namely 'teaching methods and materials' (39th), 'quality of teaching staff' (40th), 'percentage of women participation' (47th), 'partner schools' (8th) and 'general satisfaction', with an outstanding score of 9.26 out of 10.

Compared to 2023, the 'University of Porto | FEP-PBS' showed growth in 'quality of participants' and also in terms of 'new skills and learning', rising four and three places respectively. As for the school survey, year-on-year, it grew exponentially in the 'international location' criterion, rising 47 places.

As far as the Custom category is concerned, it achieved the best ranking among all business schools nationwide in the 'growth' indicator (66th), and the 'general satisfaction' index also increased year-on-year. With regard to the school survey, year-on-year, it increased its position in practically all criteria.

'Commitment to excellence'

Speaking to the University of Porto (U.Porto) website, José Esteves, dean of the Porto Business School, was delighted with the results achieved. 'Being among the 50 best executive training schools worldwide is a testament to our commitment to excellence.'

According to the head of the school, 'Porto Business School's open and custom programmes share a common denominator: the focus on essential competencies for today's leaders'.

In addition to 'University of Porto | FEP-PBS', four other Portuguese Faculties of Management are among the 70 best in the world: Nova School of Business and Economics, ISCTE Executive Education, ISEG Executive Education and Católica-Lisbon are also on FT's list, in a top ranking led by French business schools HEC Paris (Open Programmes) and INSEAD (Custom Training).